Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

President and Professor of Ancient Cultures

Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg holds a Ph.D. degree in Ancient Cultures from Stellenbosch University (2011). He serves as serves as the president of the Israel Study Center and holds a position of research fellow at the Galilee Center for Jewish-Christian Relations at the Jezreel Valley Academic College in Northern Israel.

His academic research is in New Testament, focused on recovering its the various contextual and cultural backgrounds without which it is not possible to understand the true meanings of its ancient words.

He lives with his wife Marina and their children in Tel Mond, Israel.

Yeshaya Gruber

Professor of Jewish History

Yeshaya Gruber holds a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. He has traveled widely and held research and teaching positions in Jerusalem, Athens and Sydney. Currently, he is Professor of Jewish History at the Israel Study Center and a Research Associate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His professional academic work engages with a variety of topics related to the history of Jewish people.

His research focuses primarily on the long history of Jewish-Christian relations and on their interaction during medieval and early modern times.

Yeshaya lives with his family in a woodland village on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Ross Singer

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Ross received his rabbinic ordination from the chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, Rabbi David Bigman.

He is a graduate of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, a Hartman Institute Senior Rabbinic Fellow, and received an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Ross served as Rabbi of Shaarey Tefilah Synagogue in Vancouver Canada from 1996-2004 years and Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore from 2006 -2010.

He made aliyah to Israel in 2010 and currently lives with his family on Kibbutz Maale Gilboa.

Kathleen Troost-Cramer

Professor of Biblical Studies

Kathleen Troost-Cramer holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Boston University. She presently teaches Bible courses online for several colleges and universities, including the Notre Dame University and Providence College.

Her academic interests are focused on recovering the Jewish Background of New Testament and on the long history of Jewish-Christian relations.

Kathleen currently resides in the USA.

Noel Rabinowitz

Professor of Biblical Studies

Noel Rabinowitz earned his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at The King’s College in New York City for ten years.

Dr. Rabinowitz’s academic focus is the Gospel of Matthew and its first-century Jewish community in the land of Israel. Rabinowitz also seeks to integrate his biblical research with contemporary issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the problem of theological supersessionism.

He and his wife reside in Israel, in the city of Rishon LeZion.

Yonatan Allon

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Yonatan Allon holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Washington University located in St. Louis.

His academic interests include issues in translation, particularly those related to Biblical texts, and the historical development of the Hebrew language. He is passionate about the Hebrew and the importance of its study for both Jews and Christians. Yonatan collects and studies rare Hebrew translations of the New Testament writings that date from the 16th-19th centuries.

Yonatan  lives with his wife and two young daughters in northern Israel.

Pinchas Shir

Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

Prof. Pinchas Shir is currently working on finishing his Ph.D. dissertation at the department of Religion at Groningen University in Netherlands.

His area of academic interest is in intercultural meals, table interactions between Jews and non-Jews in antiquity, as well as dining culture and ancient culinary contexts in general. Pinchas is also keenly interested in Ancient Mediterranean and Israelite archaeology of the Second Temple era.

He currently resides in North America, but lectures internationally and online.

Cheryl Durham

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Cheryl Durham earned her Ph.D. in New Testament Culture at The Theological Research Institute at the Master’s International University of Divinity where she is a professor of NT History and Culture.

She is the founding Executive Director of Living Truth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of an authentic Biblical Worldview, since 2006, and teaches in-person and online classes in NT culture to various groups in the U.S. Dr. Durham’s academic research interest concentrates on the first-century cultural climate and its implications for today’s believers.

Cheryl and her husband live in the Northeast  U.S.